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Missouri voters to decide on higher wages, paid sick leave for all workers

David Burmeister, owner of Midwest Pasta Co. in St. Louis, said, “Raising the minimum wage will increase people’s ability to shop at our business and local businesses across Missouri. We’re already starting employees at $15 at Midwest Pasta Co. because we’ve seen that paying better wages is better business. Employees are happier at work and do a better job. We also provide paid sick leave because we value our staff and, as a food industry business, we know it isn’t safe for sick employees to come to work. The ballot initiative will strengthen Missouri’s workforce and businesses.”

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Missouri wage hike may hit November ballot

“When the minimum wage increases were proposed, everyone was afraid of what that would do to the economy,” he said. “What we’ve seen is that as wages go up, sales go up and revenue goes up.” “I bought the business in 2019, and I worked for many employers before that. I know what it’s like not to be able to make ends meet,” he said. “I don’t want my guys to feel like that. I want them to feel like they have skin in the game and they’re able to come here and own it.”

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Four initiative petitions submit signatures, await verification for 2024 ballot access

Laurie Knowlton, owner of Pickwick Underground Framing in Springfield and a member of Missouri Business for a Healthy Economy, said in a release, “When you take care of your employees, they stay longer and take good care of your customers. That’s the key to sustaining a successful small business like we have for more than 20 years. When businesses don’t pay enough to retain employees, they waste time and money on hiring and training new employees.”

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Missouri minimum wage raise set to be on August or November ballot

“If it was me, personally, and I was sick, I will continue to work, because I know what I have to be able to provide for myself and for my family,” Ball said. “If one of my kids was to get sick at this point, I would not have an option but to lose out on pay and just take care of them.”

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“Either we go to work, have a paycheck,” Thompson said, “or we take care of ourselves. We can’t take care of ourselves because, well, this vicious circle that we’re stuck in.”

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Paid sick leave and increase in minimum wage could be on Missouri ballot this year

“We had over 850 Missourians volunteer on this effort and we turned in 210K signatures including signatures from all 115 Missouri counties.”

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Missouri Minimum Wage Campaign Turns In 210,000 Signatures

“Every year, members of the working class do get sick. It happens,” Wise said. “Not only that, but we have family members and children who get sick as well. It’s just being human…”

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Missourians could vote to boost state’s minimum wage and establish paid sick leave

“We think it’s important that workers be recognized for the value that their labor produces and compensated fairly for that.”

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Campaign to raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $15 an hour confident it will get on the ballot

Missouri voters historically have supported minimum wage hikes.

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Campaign to raise Missouri’s minimum wage submits signatures to force statewide vote

“The minimum wage needs to be raised. Small businesses like mine depend on local customers with money to spend,” said Joseph Chevalier, owner of Yellow Dog Bookshop in Columbia, in a statement.

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$15 minimum wage, paid sick leave campaign turns in signatures for Missouri ballot question

“If a small bookstore like ours can plan ahead for the wage increases and paid sick time in this ballot initiative, so can other businesses,” said Joseph Chevalier, owner of Yellow Dog Bookshop in Columbia.

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Group turns in signatures to put minimum wage hike, paid sick leave on Missouri ballot

“It is a constant stress, a constant anxiety,” Gallardo said during the rally. “People come into work sick all the time because they have no choice.”

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Ballot initiative to raise minimum wage, add paid sick leave hits secretary of state’s desk

“As a parent, … decisions are very tough when you have to choose between going to work and getting paid and being home and caring for your kids who need you,” said Crystal Buffaloe, who helped collect signatures and would be impacted by the ballot measure.

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